31 January 2024 – 2 Minute Read

What is the difference between a teacher and a tutor?

A teacher is a professional educator who works with a structured learning environment such as a school, college or university, and follows a fixed curriculum. A tutor is someone who provides education in an informal setting usually as a supplement to the child’s formal education and can take place in almost any setting.

Should I get a tutor for my child?

If your child is struggling to keep up with their lessons and curriculum in their formal education, a tutor might be helpful. A tutor can help a child that is:

  • Struggling to concentrate
  • Looking for one-on-one teaching
  • Trying to master specific skills or even the basics of a subject
  • In need of a personalised teaching approach
  • Frustrated in their daily studies

How to find a math tutor for your child?

You can find tutors in your area or city by searching on Yell.com . Many of these tutors and tutoring schools have reviews and ratings from previous customers to help you with your decision. You can filter the results by subject and level. For example maths, IGCSE or A-Levels, primary or secondary and even for exam preparation only. Many tutors are happy to come to your home if required and many offer on-site learning or online learning options too. Contact them directly for more information on their services.

You can also find a number of language tutors such as English, Japanese, Spanish, French or German.

How much does a private tutor cost?

The cost of a private tutor will depend on the subject being taught, how many years of experience the tutor has, what qualifications they have and at what level they are expected to tutor. Which city you live in also plays a massive role in tutoring costs. You can expect to pay anything from £15 to £50 an hour.

Can I hire a tutor to homeschool my child?

Some parents prefer to homeschool their children themselves, and others prefer to hire a tutor for homeschooling. It all depends on how much time you have to dedicate to this task, what resources and knowledge you have and whether your child is able to find it efficient.

Hiring a tutor for homeschooling, instead of doing it yourself can have the below benefits:

  • Your child may feel more comfortable and open when being taught by someone outside the family dynamic. 
  • You can keep family and home goals completely separate from your child’s studies.
  • If there are specialist subjects that you are not knowledgeable about or uncomfortable in teaching, a tutor can ease the burden and provide a solid foundation to your child that you probably cannot.

What qualities make a good tutor?

A good tutor must have plenty of energy to keep up with a student. They should be able to engage the student in the subject being taught and help them find passion in what they are learning. Good tutors should also be flexible and adaptable to changes in the student’s mood or changes in the study material. A good tutor will also have exceptional listening skills so the student is able to feel comfortable with them at all times.